Musings at Journey’s End, Tuesday, August 10, 2010
We can’t believe we actually did it! All the planning, dreaming, and waiting finally paid off in a big way. We wouldn’t change a thing about our time away. We made new friends along the way and came to the understanding that most of mankind is ultimately honest and kind.
Trip to Alaska: 14,000 miles at a cost of $13,000
Memories of a lifetime: Priceless
We are coming home to some sadness across the street (the impending death of our beloved neighbor), but we are hopeful that we will get home to say a final goodbye. Allan visited him on Sunday with his wife, Catherine, and beautiful little Olivia, and Rembert was alert, although weak, and knew he was there.
Here are some parting thoughts as we make our way home on the last day of our trip.
1. Alaska is a long way from Chattanooga
2. You can do anything you set your mind to
3. You better LIKE your travel partner to make a 3 month trip in an RV
4. A sense of humor is a MUST on a trip of this magnitude
5. RVing is hard work
6. America is breathtaking
7. The sun never sets in Alaska in the summer
8. Alaska has a love/hate relationship with the cruise industry
9. Most roads in Alaska are much better than we expected
10. Retirement is what you make of it
11. Don’t put off til tomorrow what you can do today
12. Trekking to Alaska is not for the faint of heart
13. We do not like “parking lot” campgrounds
14. Canada is just as pretty as Alaska with more wildlife
Best memory of the trip: Hard to narrow down, but we agree the catamaran trip to Juneau from Skagway is high on the list
Worse memory of the trip: Tour buses
Most interesting town: Hyder, Alaska
Least interesting town: Juneau, Alaska (touristy and also the capital of AK)
I could go on and on but I like to get these thoughts down so I can go down memory lane in the future. I appreciate everyone who took the time to join us on this trip by keeping up with the blog. We hope next year to visit the New England states and Nova Scotia.
Stay tuned! Bonnie